The two libraries in 2012 announced a four-year
project to digitize some of the most important works of their
collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early
Among the first up on the site Tuesday, http:/bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk,
are the two-volume Gutenberg bibles from each of the libraries
and a beautiful 15th-century German bible, hand-colored and
illustrated by woodcuts.
The 2 million pound ($3.3 million) project is being funded by
the Polonsky Foundation, which aims to democratize access to
The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and is one of the most
important research libraries in the world. The Bodleian is the
largest university library in Britain.
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